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Phyllis Haver
Director: Frank Urson Cast: Phyllis Haver
Phyllis Haver
, Victor Varconi
Victor Varconi
, Eugene Pallette
Eugene Pallette
Frank Urson


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Based on a real-life incident, Maurine Watkins' semi-satirical novel and play Chicago was first brought to the screen in 1927. Phyllis Haver was ideally cast as gum-chewing dance-hall girl Roxie Hart, who shoots her lover full of holes and then is forgiven by her faithful -- if not entirely honest -- husband Amos (Victor Varconi). Put on trial for murder, Roxie comes to enjoy the publicity, and soon willingly becomes the darling of the media (it helps that she's convinced herself that no jury in their right mind will condemn a "celebrity"). Feeding upon this, Roxie's flamboyant defense attorney Flynn (Robert Edeson) likewise revels in the hoopla stirred up by enterprising reporter T. Roy Barnes. The only person who doesn't enjoy the spectacle is Amos Hart, who becomes so fed up that he tosses Roxie out of their house, finding comfort in the arms of housemaid Katie (Virginia Bradford), who has loved him all along. A cleaned-up but no less rowdy version of Chicago was filmed by William Wellman in 1943 under the title Roxie Hart; three decades later, the property was revived as a Broadway musical, which has flourished on the road-show circuit ever since.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/06/2010
UPC: 0617311675195
Original Release: 1927
Rating: NR
Source: Flicker Alley
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [silent]
Time: 3:33:00
Sales rank: 65,351

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Phyllis Haver Roxie Hart
Victor Varconi Amos Hart
Eugene Pallette Casley
Virginia Bradford Katie
T. Roy Barnes Reporter
Warner P. Richmond District Attorney
Robert Edeson Flynn
Clarence Burton Police Sergeant
Sidney D'Albrook Photographer
Julia Faye Velma
Otto Lederer Amos' Partner
May Robson Matron

Technical Credits
Frank Urson Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Anne Bauchens Editor
Lenore J. Coffee Screenwriter
Mitchell Leisen Art Director
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Jeffery Masino Producer
David Shepard Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chicago
1. Mr and Mrs Amos Hart [8:37]
2. A Deadly Affair [10:51]
3. Roxie's Story [5:47]
4. Chicago's Most Beautiful Murderess [11:16]
5. The Jailhouse Social Club [6:52]
6. Flynn On Retainer [7:49]
7. A Devoted Husband [6:22]
8. Stealing the Money [7:52]
9. Trial Rehearsal [6:11]
10. A Show For the Jury [6:54]
11. Roxie's Final Plea [7:33]
12. A New Star In Town [8:59]
13. Blood Money [8:13]
Disc #2 -- Chicago
1. A History Assignment [3:29]
2. Armistice [4:07]
3. War Heroes Return [5:32]
4. Vaudeville [3:39]
5. The League of Nations [4:02]
6. Dancing [6:06]
7. The Criminal Element [4:09]
8. Calvin Coolidge [5:14]
9. Sports [8:47]
10. Radio Entertainment [7:49]
11. Coolidge's Chieftancy [4:48]
12. Summer Vacations [6:09]
1. Intro/The Dawn of the 1920's [6:04]
2. Freedom For the Middle Class [6:25]
3. At the Speakeasy [7:16]
4. Sexual Independence [5:01]
5. What Became of the Flapper/End Credits [4:47]

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